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‘Suspicious’ death reported at abandoned Bellingham motel

Police are investigating as suspicious the death of a woman found Saturday night, Jan. 6, at the former Mac’s Motel, 1215 Samish Way in Bellingham.
Police are investigating as suspicious the death of a woman found Saturday night, Jan. 6, at the former Mac’s Motel, 1215 Samish Way in Bellingham. pdwyer@bellinghamherald.com

Police are investigating as suspicious the death of a woman found Saturday night in a shuttered Samish Way motel, officials said.

The 32-year-old woman was found dead at the former Macs Motel, 1215 Samish Way, said Dr. Gary Goldfogel, the Whatcom County medical examiner.

Goldfogel called it a “suspicious” death.

“Autopsy was (Monday) and results are pending further law enforcement investigation, toxicology and additional lab studies,” he said.

Bellingham Police Lt. Danette Beckley said the woman’s body was found about 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Beckley said she couldn’t comment on an active investigation.

Macs Motel closed in early 2016 because it wasn’t truly operating as a motel – it rented rooms to long-term residents and didn’t have a current state Department of Health license.

A June 2015 application for renewal was denied after an inspection showed several violations.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty

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